Brandon Bolden has found a new home to keep his NFL career going. The former Patriots running back is re-joining teammate Danny Amendola in Miami, reportedly agreeing to sign with the Dolphins, per Mike Reiss.
Bolden, 28, originally signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2012. Facing long odds against a then-deep, young running back group, he found a way to outlast them all and carve out a six-year run. Bolden made his bread as a special teams cornerstone over the course of his six seasons in New England, earning over $4.5 million along the way (via Spotrac).
He also occasionally contributed on the ground, averaging 4.2 yards per carry over 216 career rushes out of the Patriots backfield. But his biggest, most consistent role on the team was as a member of all four core special teams units.
Bolden was also a respected figure in the Patriots’ locker room. According to reports, Dolphins head coach Adam Gase factored Bolden’s character and leadership qualities into the Dolphins’ decision to sign him. Gase has been pushing a culture change over the course of Miami’s roster turnover in 2018. Amendola is also considered a part of that.
Despite his valuable contributions in special teams, Bolden became more expendable over the summer with the emergence of Jeremy Hill. The free-agent acquisition has impressed on the ground and also earned time as a special teamer. Ostensibly, that helped precipitate Bolden’s release during final roster cutdowns on Sept. 1.
Good for Bolden to start a new chapter in Miami. His now-former teammates in New England are no doubt going to be very happy for him.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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